The Expert Committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, based on the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Council, has suggested establishment of 50 Centres for training and research in frontier areas of Science and Technology. These centres will be a part of existing institutions with full functional, financial and administrative autonomy with in the frame work of the institutions. These centres will recruit additional faculty and invite experts from abroad for teaching and research. Areas identified are Biomedical sciences and modern biology; computational sciences with emphasis on new and emerging areas; complex system sciences and engineering; Nano science and technology; Electrical engineering and telecommunications; Transportation engineering; Atmospheric sciences including climate modeling; water technology; advanced materials science and technology; energy and environment; manufacturing sciences and engineering; and drugs and pharmaceutical science. The other details for launching the programme are being worked out by the Ministry of Human Resources Development in consultation with concerned departments for financial and administrative approvals.
The above information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Ashwani Kumar in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.